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Parents, advocacy groups sue California, say remote learning leaves some children behind

San Francisco Chronicle |

Parents and advocacy groups filed a lawsuit Monday against the State of California stating that it failed to meet a “constitutional obligation” to ensure equality in remote education during the coronavirus pandemic.

The lawsuit — filed by seven California families and advocacy groups Community Coalition and The Oakland REACH — demanded that California be held accountable for the quality of education provided in under-served communities and that it allow parents to be at the center of a plan to address inequities across the state. Public Counsel, a nonprofit civil rights law firm, is representing the groups.

Advocates said education for Black and brown low-income students has typically failed to meet state requirements, but the pandemic further exacerbated and shined a light on the inequalities.

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